People are coming together in the wake of Alton Sterling‘s controversial killing to help his family.
However, a second video showed that the Louisiana resident wasn’t actually holding a gun when the cops shot him.
Alton’s death is absolutely devastating, and is made even more heartbreaking knowing that five children are now left without a father.
The victim’s oldest son, who is only 15 years old, broke down in tears during a family press conference in the wake of his dad’s death.
But, the community is rallying together to support Alton’s loved ones.
On Wednesday, writer and actress Issa Rae created a GoFundMe page to raise money directly for Mr. Sterling’s family.
The 31-year-old, who stars in the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl, created the profile to serve as a scholarship fund for his five kids, writing in the description:
“If you feel helpless, but want to play a small part in easing the burden of #AltonSterling’s family, consider donating to this scholarship fund for his 15-year-old son (and his other kids).
*ALL* funds raised will go to Alton Sterling’s family.”
In the past day, over 16,000 people have joined together to contribute money to the grieving family, and have raised over $480K at the time of this posting.
Issa wrote in an update that she’s working with Alton’s legal team to ensure every cent of the almost half million dollars donated goes directly to his loved ones, posting:
“I have left word for the Edmond, the family attorney and have been consulting with my legal advisors to ensure that ALL of the money will get to the family (hopefully tax free). We’re working on the most efficient plan and I thank all of you who have reached out to help and offer your services/connections. I will continue to keep you posted.”
If you would like to contribute, click here.
[Image via GoFundMe.]